Christmas in September for the Make My Monday Challenge #131

Since I started making Christmas cards in July, September definitely isn’t too early for a Christmas card. By the time I finish, more than half of the cards I need will be completely unique. It’s fun to give them to family and friends when everyone’s is the same, but also when they are different. For this challenge, I combined the Perfectly Plaid stamp set (inside sentiment), Festive Corners stamp set (Christmas lights), and Christmas Means More (front sentiment). The DSP is from the Heartwarming Hugs DSP from the current mini-catalog. The main reason I bought that paper is because of the sentiment on the front. I just love How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and I am all about all things Grinch. This sentiment comes from the Grinch, and the colors in the DSP are Grinch colors. Perfect pairing!

Here’s my Christmas in September card:

Front of my fun fold card

Let’s Get Started

  • I used Real Red for the base of the card. It’s trimmed to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • To create the half flap, I trimmed off 2-3/4 inches from the front.
  • The remaining flap on the base has a Pear Pizazz mat measuring 2-5/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • The top DSP was trimmed to 2-1/2 inches by 3-15/16 inches, otherwise known as one tick mark before 4 inches.
  • I decided to use Pear Pizazz for the front center portion and trimmed it to 3-1/4 inches (top to bottom) by 3-3/4 inches (side-to-side).
  • The contrasting red patterned DSP is actually the flip side of the dotted DSP. I used a strip measuring 1 inch by 3-1/8 inches. As long as I had the DSP out, I trimmed a piece for the envelope flap to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches, and will have the red pattern showing on the flap.
  • Once I started dry-fitting pieces, I realized I needed to cover the inside flap pieces with DSP. Therefore, I trimmed on piece to 2-1/2 inches by 4 inches. The red DSP behind the Pear Pizazz was trimmed to 3-1/8 inches by 3 inches.

Time for the Whisper White

  • I started with the inside piece of Whisper White and trimmed it to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Next, I pulled out my Stamp-aratus for the front sentiment. I used it to stamp the front sentiment in Mossy Meadow twice to get a deep green color. After the ink had dried completely, I used the embossing buddy on the cardstock to prep it for embossing.
  • Since I wanted to use clear embossing powder on the sentiment, I cleaned the stamp without removing it from the Stamp-aratus. I stamped it twice using VersaMark. Then, I quickly added clear embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool.
Making It Work
  • There isn’t a stitched rectangle die to closely crop the sentiment. Therefore, I made my own size. Pictures are worth 1,000 words, so here are two pictures showing how I did it.
  • To add some additional interest, I wrapped a piece of the Mossy Meadow diagonal striped ribbon around the red front panel and tied it in a square knot. I put a glue dot under the square knot to keep it in place.
  • There are dimensionals under the sentiment panel. I used tear-and-tape to adhere the front sentiment panel to the front flap. Everything else was adhered using the multipurpose liquid glue.
  • The inside sentiment, the Christmas lights on the corner of the inside and the two bottom corners on the front of the envelope were all stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black.
  • I colored the holly leaves and berries on the sentiment panel using Real Red and Pear Pizazz markers.
  • I colored all three strands of lights using the Real Red, Pear Pizazz, and Mossy Meadow markers. Then, I added some clear Wink of Stella to each of the lights. In person, the lights have just a touch of a shimmer.
  • Finally, I adhered and trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap. With that, I finished this fun fold card/envelope coordinated set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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You’re the Goat with Make My Monday Challenge # 130

The challenge for this week is to create a criss cross card. While it sounds, and looks, complicated, it’s not as difficult as it looks.

Here’s my card:

When Cindy chose the theme for this challenge, she also posted a video tutorial for creating the card. You can find that link here. I’ve taken some pictures of the process for my next Christmas card. I’ll include those within the measurements for this card.

Measurements and More

  • I wanted to use the Way to Goat stamp set for this card. I wound up using all but two of the stamps in the set and I really enjoyed creating this card!
  • Melon Mambo provides the base of the card. You will need to pieces of cardstock for the base. Use a single piece of cardstock, cut to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches. Each piece needs to have a diagonal cut made to create the criss-cross pieces.
  • It would be so much easier to show you than try to tell you.
Cut diagonally from the middle score line to the opposite outside corner. For the second piece, make sure that you go in the opposite direction.
  • When you finish the cuts you will have two pieces of cardstock that look like this:
  • I trimmed the rectangle part of one piece of the Melon Mambo cardstock to 4-1/4 inches by 5-3/8 inches to allow folding space on the card.
  • Next, I trimmed the white cardstock needed for the card for the triangle pieces. First, trim two pieces of white cardstock to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. One of those pieces will be for the inside rectangle part. The other piece needs to be trimmed diagonally, which results in the two triangles you will need.
  • Since you trimmed the cardstock before cutting it diagonally, it will fit quite nicely on the triangle portions of the cardstock.
  • To add dimension to all the white cardstock pieces, I tapped each edge into the Basic Gray ink pad.
  • If you just take one step at a time, the whole process comes together relatively simpler than you would think.

Now, for the Rest of the Card

  • I used Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp the three goats and the sentiments. Since I wanted the “grassy” area to be lighter, I used Basic Gray and stamped the “grass” under the goats and the sentiments on the diagonal ends.
  • The two girly goats were colored with the Smokey Slate blends combo. I used the Basic Black marker to outline all three goats and to add some eyelashes to each female goat.
  • Girly goats need some bling, right? These have Wink of Stella on their eyelids and horns.
  • I colored the male goat using the Light Basic Black and both of the Smoky Slate blends. Then, I used the Melon Mambo marker to color the flower.
  • Next, I had to figure out how to keep the card closed without using a belly band. To accomplish this, I punched two small flowers from the Melon Mambo cardstock. Then, I punched two from the Melon Mambo 6 x 6 DSP. I adhered the DSP to the cardstock using liquid glue. The center of each flower is a black rhinestone.
  • To keep the diagonal sides closed, I added dimensionals on half of the flowers. By just putting them on half of each flower, each diagonal slips under the flower. SCORE!
  • At this point, I trimmed a piece of the same DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Finally, I needed something else for the center of the front of the card for interest. I used a piece of the black glittered ribbon to tie a bunny-ears bow and trimmed to size.
  • After I adhered and trimmed the DSP to the envelope flap, I’d finished this card/envelope set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Make My Monday Challenge – At the Beach

Good morning and welcome back for another Make My Monday challenge. The new challenge calls for a beach theme. I might have to explain what I did for a beachy card, though.

Here’s my card:

While my card doesn’t contain a strict beach scene, to me the Tropical Oasis DSP very definitely conveys a Hawaiian vibe. The vintage cars with surfboards on top, the palm trees, and the colors all say BEACH to me.

Measurements:

This card turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be.

  • I trimmed Whisper White to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, and scored it at 5-1/2 inches. This provided me with a card base.
  • The Pretty Peacock bottom mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I cut the Tropical Oasis DSP to 2-5/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. Then I used the Pretty Peacock Stamping Write marker to outline the the DSP so it created a border without the extra bulk of more cardstock.
  • Since I thought that I had the coordinating die set, I took time using the Stamparatus for the palm trees. I really couldn’t have easily created all the colorful frond without the Stamparatus. In order to create the palm trees I used the Stamping Write Markers so I could add detail to the leaves.
  • For the trunks, I used the Early Espresso marker on just the trunks and stamped them. Next, I used the Old Olive marker to color the all the fronds and stamped them. In order to add color, I used the Pretty Peacock marker and randomly swiped it on the fronds part of the stamp, then stamped it.
  • This is where things got interesting. I don’t actually have the coordinating die set. However, I really wanted to use the palm trees, so I had to fussy cut them out. They came out much better than I would have thought.

Finishing Up

  • Next, I had to decide on a sentiment. The main reason I picked this one was that it fit where I needed it to be. We’ve all done that, right? I used Early Espresso to stamp it on another pattern of the Tropical DSP, which I cropped using the Rectangle Stitched dies.
  • There are dimensionals under the sentiment to pop it up. I attached the palm tree trunks to the sentiment and popped it up on dimensionals as well.
  • Before adhering the sentiment and palm trees, I wrapped Early Espresso faux suede trim and tied it in a square knot.
  • Next, I adhered the sentiment and palm trees.
  • I cut a piece of the sentiment DSP to 4-1/4 inches by 1/2 inch and adhered it to the bottom of the inside of the card.
  • Finally, I cut a pieces of the brown grass cloth DSP pattern to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches, adhered it to the envelope flap, then trimmed it.
  • With that, I’d completed this card/envelope set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Clean and Simple for Make My Monday challenge # 128

Hello and welcome back to another Make My Monday challenge! This challenge’s theme is clean and simple. I decided to use the Whale of a Time suite for my card.

Here’s my card:

I really don’t know what part of this suite I like the most. For this card, it’s the color combination of Just Jade and Pretty Peacock. The 3D Seabed embossing folder might carry this card. It could be the wave pattern DSP, or even the DSP whale. Yes, I said I punched the whale from the DSP from this set. There’s a whale stamp allowing you to create your own color combination. The punch also includes the adorable water piece for the water spout on top. Cute!

However, I really wanted this card to be as simple as possible. To me, that meant just three elements and the embossed background. Since I used white for the embossed background, the card remained pretty clean. Truth be told, I really think I created this following a sketch challenge, but for the life of me, I can’t remember which one.

Measurements

  • I used Just Jade for the card base, which is 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, and scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • The Pretty Peacock mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I cropped the Pretty Peacock Stitched So Sweetly label from the middle of the mat layer to save on cardstock.
  • A Stitched So Sweetly die was also used to crop the DSP wave pattern paper. I don’t really know how I decided to put both of the Stitched So Sweetly cropped layers together, but it totally works.
  • The medium square from the Stitched Shapes die set provided the perfect square for the sentiment block.
  • For the inside, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to my standard 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I used the sentiment and swimming fish from the Whale Done stamp set on the inside.
  • I cut a piece of the wave DSP for the envelope flap to 2-5/8 inches by 6 inches.

Here’s the inside of the card:

Stamping and Assembly

  • I stamped both the front and inside sentiment using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  • Aren’t those fish on the inside super cute? Hopefully, you can see the color variations on each one, which was relatively easy to achieve. I used the Just Jade marker to color the all the fish on the stamp, then went back and randomly colored the stamp using my Pretty Peacock marker. Stamp, color, repeat across the card and on the bottom. While I had the stamp and markers out, I stamped a line of fish along the bottom of the front of the envelope using the same coloring pattern.
  • Once I had all my pieces, it took very little time to assemble the card. Using the multipurpose glue, I attached the white background to the Pretty Peacock layer. Then, I attached those to the Just Jade card base.
  • I carefully lined up the two Stitched So Sweetly label die pieces and I couldn’t believe how well they fit together.
  • There’s a layer of dimensionals under the sentiment block.
  • I wanted the whale to really stand up off the card, so I used a double layer of mini-dimensionals on the back of it. The double layer means that extra postage needs to be on the card, but I think it’s worth another quarter.
  • Next, I adhered the inside white cardstock panel.
  • Finally, I added the DSP to the envelope flap then trimmed it. With that, I’d finished this coordinated card/envelope set.

I hope you will play along with our challenge! I look forward to seeing your creations in our challenge gallery!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Baby Wipe Technique for Make My Monday #127

The theme for the MMM challenge #127 is to use the baby wipe technique. I have to admit, I haven’t done this before this challenge, so I played and had some inky fun. Literally, inky since my fingertips wound up covered with ink.

Here’s my card:

The current Sunday Stamps Challenge 235 provided the color combination for this card.

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My three colors are Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz for the green. Crushed Curry for yellow and Calypso Coral for the orange.

Using a Baby Wipe to Stamp

The videos I’d seen for this technique said to use a couple of drops of ink on a baby wipe. That didn’t work for me, and I used at least 6 drops each color of ink. I started with Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry. After smooshing then stamping the blotch stamp from Painted Poppies, then stamping on white cardstock, I found that the flowers were too dark. So, I tried plan B with just Poppy Parade and Crushed Curry. This combination gave me the color variation for which I was looking.

I tried placing an outer circle of Calypso Coral ink dots, and then dropping Crushed Curry in the center of the circle. My goalwas to try getting the Crushed Curry in the middle of the flower. However, I found that tapping my stamp onto the baby wipe didn’t work well at all, and no Crushed Curry showed at all. Therefore, I tapped, tapped, tapped, then smooshed the stamp on the wipe before stamping on white cardstock. I stamped five blotches, then used the poppy outline on each blotch. Then I just needed to crop them all using the poppy dies. It’s a super easy and fun technique and resulted in a colorful mix of inks. I’ve already got other color combinations floating around in my head and can’t wait to have some more baby wipe fun.

The Layout, Directions, Measurements

For this layout, I decided to create a mock split card design.

  1. I stamped three sets of leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set in Pear Pizzazz, then cropped them using the coordinating dies.
  2. I used Mossy Meadow cardstock for the base and cut it to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches. This card opens up.
  3. The Calypso Coral middle mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-5/8 inches. In an effort to save on cardstock, I did crop the center using the second largest stitched rectangle die.
  4. I didn’t trim the white cardstock until after I ran it through the Big Shot using the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder. This layer measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  5. I used multipurpose glue to attached the bottom two layers.
  6. Next, I wrapped a length of Calypso Coral ribbon around the white cardstock and tied it in a simple square knot on the right side of the cardstock.
  7. There are dimensionals under the leaves and the flowers and adhered them to the left side of the card.
  8. The sentiment is also from Forever Fern and is stamped in Mossy Meadow. I cropped the sentiment using the stitched rectangle die and popped it up on dimensionals.
  9. Once I had adhered the sentiment, I attached the top white layer to the bottom two layers.

Inside and Finishing Touches

Since the card base is Mossy Meadow, I needed to trim white cardstock to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches for the inside. I didn’t stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card, which left plenty of space for a note.

I cut a piece of Calypso Coral 6×6″ DSP to 6 inches by 2-5/8 inches to adhere to the envelope flap. While I was at it, I trimmed a 3/8″ by 5-1/4″ strip of the same Calypso Coral DSP.

With that, I’d finished this card/envelope set. Ta-Da!

I truly hop you try this technique and try it out soon! Please join us for this challenge, and I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

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Sue

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Stars and Stripes for Make My Monday #126

Welcome to another Make My Monday challenge! Since we celebrated the 4th of July on Saturday, my choice for today’s challenge theme was Stars and Stripes. As you can see from the cards from the other design team members, this theme allows for a wide variety of interpretations!

Here’s my card:

This card wound up being created strictly with what I had on hand. I am trying to use up my 2019 6 x 6 inch DSP before ordering the 2020 packs. The Real Red ribbon is also last year’s, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new red ribbon. The punch for the stars is long retired, but it rarely used so I keep it around.

Sticking with the Theme

I may be partial, but I think that red, white, and blue just happens to be a very classic color combination. Stampin’ Up! offers such a wide variety of reds and blues. Therefore, any one of them would have fit the bill for my card. However, I chose Night of Navy and Real Red because I wanted a bold statement for this celebration card.

To create the stripes of navy, I used one sheet of the Night of Navy 6 x 6 inch DSP. As it worked out, these two patterns are on the front and back of each other.

My strips are 5-3/8 inches long. The widths for the wider end fall between 6/8 to 7/8 of an inch. The thinner end widths each are about 1/2 inch. This stripe pattern is very popular right now, and is great to create a card from scraps.

I used Real Red for the base of the card, which I cut to 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches. I wanted the navy stripes to pop off the base color, so I used a piece of white cardstock cut to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. There is a very thin strip of white showing on either side of the navy stripes. The navy stripes are also 5-3/8 inches long. When I tried having the stripes a tad shorter than the white, the whole card looked off.

Finishing Up

The sentiment on the stamp actually says “Let’s celebrate you”. I wanted this card to be able to be used for any kind of celebration. Since I wanted to use white embossing powder for the sentiment, I needed to make sure the powder would stick only where I wanted it. That’s easily accomplished by rubbing the embossing buddy on the cardstock before any ink touches it.

I used my Stamp-aratus to align and stamp the sentiment. This fabulous tool allowed me to mask off the “you”, and stamp the sentiment with VersaMark multiple times. I used a Post-It note for the mask. After heatsetting the powder, I cropped the sentiment using the Stitched Rectangle die. As a reminder, don’t forget to take the mask OFF before you stamp it on the cardstock. That wasn’t an issue this time, but it has been in the past. It makes a complete mess, and it’s not pretty at all.

I needed something to anchor the sentiment, so I used Real Red ribbon tied in a small square knot. The sentiment rectangle easily fits in place. I used dimensionals on the rectangle to pop it up.

It probably would have been easier to run some white cardstock through my Big Shot in the subtles folder before I punched stars. Well, there’s no “probably” because it definitely would’ve been easier.

Finding the completely random placement of the stars was left strictly up to chance. I actually picked up five stars and shook them in my hand for a second or two. Then, I closed my eyes and dropped them on the card. Wherever they landed is where they stayed. Strange, I know. I glued one star directly to the sentiment block, and another is glued right by it on the DSP. I used mini-dimensionals for the other three stars.

Inside, then Done

In order to keep this card as an all ocassion card, I left the inside white cardstock plain. There is a 1/2 inch piece of navy DSP as a border on the right side of the 4 x 5-1/4 inch white cardstock.

After adhering another piece of the 6 x 6 inch DSP to the flap of the envelope, I’d completed this card/envelope set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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